Ashley Young RIPS into Arsenal’s celebrations after winning at Villa Park and accuses Mikel Arteta’s young side of celebrating ‘like they won the league’ as Bukayo Saka’s first half strike keeps their top four hopes alive
- Arsenal beat Aston Villa at Villa Park thanks to Bukayo Saka’s first half strike
- Gunners huddled and celebrated upon the full time whistle on Saturday
- Ashley Young has accused them of ‘celebrating like they won the league’
- Wolves’ Ruben Neves also accused Arsenal of over-celebrating last month
Ashley Young has bemoaned Arsenal for ‘celebrating like they won the league’ after beating Aston Villa on Saturday.
Bukayo Saka’s first half strike was enough for the Gunners to take all three points at Villa Park and go four points clear of fifth-placed Manchester United.
But Young was left unimpressed by the celebrations that followed, with the Arsenal players huddling after realising the significance of the result.
Arsenal’s players huddled and celebrated after beating Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon
Ashley Young was unimpressed and has accused them of ‘celebrating like they won the league’
In his post-match interview, the 36-year-old told VillaTV: ‘We want to make this a tough place to come and I think it is a tough place.
‘You saw the way they celebrated, to be honest it was like they won the league. But it shows they found it tough. We want to be in those European places, we want to get the club back there, and everyone’s got that ambition to get the club back there.
‘So, we want to make it a tough place to come but we want to be winning games as well.’
Young’s comments are reminiscent of Ruben Neves’, who also accused Arsenal of ‘celebrating like they won the league’ following their victory at Molineux last month.
The Portuguese midfielder said: ‘We saw the way they celebrated the win and that shows the level we are. I didn’t see Arsenal celebrating like this in the past 10 years, it was like they won the league.’
Steven Gerrard was left frustrated after the loss and he accused some of his players of ‘lacking belief’.
Ruben Neves also accused Arsenal of over-celebrating after their win at Wolves last month
The Villa boss said: ‘It was a tough first half because we allowed it to be tough. I think we were indecisive in the things we tried to do.
‘I think our performance lacked belief. It wasn’t until after half-time that we showed we can be better.
‘We deserved to be behind in the first half. We were second best. We set up to be aggressive but lacked belief in what we were doing. I thought certain individuals lacked belief. It’s hard to execute a game plan if not everyone believes in what you are doing.’